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Coriander Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce


Sunday evening, Mr. Prevention and I saw The Heat. I was really expecting a great movie, but we were both super underwhelmed. It wasn’t that the movie wasn’t funny, it was just so long. It seemed to drag on and on. Truth be told, we left with just a few minutes left in the movie.

In talking to my mom on Monday morning, she had seen the movie with my brother and dad and she raved that they all adored the movie and laughed hysterically throughout the entire thing.

A difference of opinion, no doubt.


Movies are kind of like food. People rarely have the same opinion, expectation, or experience.

My brother loves American Pie and other “male humor” movies that are slightly inappropriate.

My mom…she’s hard to please with movies. I think there was a solid decade that went by without her truly singing the praises of ANY movie.

As for my dad, he normally falls asleep through movies and so his opinion can’t count for much.


Food and cooking are a bit different.

The meals I choose have some serious expectations. Many of the recipes I prepare are from sources I trust or include photos I swoon over. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? And to be truthful, I’ve been underwhelmed with dinner ideas lately…kind of like movies.

As a lover of corainder, however, I had some serious expectations for this recipe. Anything grilled on a cedar plank after being marinaded in sweet honey, coriander, lemon, and paprika certainly fills me with high expectations. If you’ve never grilled on a cedar plank, hop to it! You’re missing out! Don’t skip the Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce, either…so very summery!


Coriander Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce
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Serves: 6
Cedar plank grilling creates a smoky, deep flavor that grilling fans adore.
Plank-Grilled Salmon:
  • 2 (12-inch) cedar planks (for grilling)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 skin-on salmon fillets (~6 oz each)
  • cilantro sprigs (for garnish)
Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ⅛ tsp salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  1. Soak the cedar planks in a large pan of water to soak for at least 45-60 minutes before grilling.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, paprika, coriander, salt, and pepper. Place marinade and salmon in a large zip-top bag and store in refrigerator to marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Arrange the salmon filets skin-side down on the soaked planks. Pour the remaining marinade in the dish into a small bowl and reserve. Transfer the planks to the preheated grill. Close the lid and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork, brushing with reserved marinade about halfway through.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small bowl; refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. To serve, serve each salmon filet with a spoonful of sauce and cilantro, if desired.
Recipe slightly adapted from Crumb
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 filet with sauce Calories: 356 Fat: 12.2 Carbohydrates: 6.7 Sugar: 4.3 Sodium: 360 Fiber: 2.0 Protein: 52.3 Cholesterol: 125

A little Lily just because 🙂


 Half way through the week. This is a long one, no?

Be well,


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  1. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    July 31, 2013 / 9:10 am

    I thought I was the only one who thought this week was dragging. Come ON Friday!

    • Nicole, RD
      July 31, 2013 / 11:23 am

      Beverly, fresh cilantro and ground coriander are very different ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cookin' Canuck
    July 31, 2013 / 10:02 am

    It looks as though this recipe definitely lived up to expectations. What great flavors!

  3. dixya| food, pleasure, and health
    July 31, 2013 / 10:35 am

    Im like your dad when it comes to movies :p. I have never grilled on cedar plank but i bet it imparts so much flavor. Happy Hump Day friend we got this

  4. Lisa
    July 31, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Just ate this for dinner! I’m in Germany, so it was dinner time ;). Your recipes always come up on my FB feed in the afternoon when I’m thinking what to make for dinner, so perfect timing! I picked up some cedar planks at Sur la Table when I was in the States visiting family, but I had yet to use them. It was delicious. If you could put some more recipes up with different flavour planks, that would be great, too. I have a small collection ;). Anyway, it was great and the sauce really made it. Thanks again!

    • Nicole, RD
      July 31, 2013 / 9:57 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed this, Lisa! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lizzie
    August 1, 2013 / 1:21 pm

    Oh wow, this loos marvelous ๐Ÿ™‚ I have felt the same way in terms of cooking dinner lately…completely uninspired! I always struggle in the summer time though. Nothing sounds good to me when it’s warm outside.

  6. Amy
    August 2, 2013 / 1:09 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen an action movie that I liked. “Despicable Me 2,” on the other hand, was definitely worth seeing in theaters! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I actually haven’t worked with coriander too much, but the yogurt sauce sounds really flavorful. And the colors in your salmon and potatoes — gorgeous!

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  8. Eric
    August 10, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    I am making this salmon as I typy this. The preparation was super easy and the smells in my kitchen right now are incredible! I cannot wait to try this once it is done. I am pairing it with a brown rice and feta greek salad that I also pulled from Pinterest. I will put up a comment once my son and I have eaten.

    • Nicole, RD
      August 10, 2013 / 10:50 pm

      Eric: I hope it was a hit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Eric
    August 11, 2013 / 12:08 am

    Holy I don’t know what, Batman! These flavors are amazing! My 15 year old son called it Master Chef Quality! Gordon Ramsay, eat my salmon! I would not have been able to make this without your recipe so, hats off to you, Mrs. Prevention!

    • Nicole, RD
      August 11, 2013 / 8:53 am

      Eric, thank you…and your son! I am so happy to hear you both loved it. And Master Chef quality – score! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you find many other recipes you both love and enjoy!

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  11. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper
    August 15, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    My dad falls asleep during movies too, but will often deny it. This recipe sounds great, I love cedar-plank grilled salmon!

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